ELC 2017 Technical Showcase

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Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase

Embedded Linux Conference 2017 Technical Showcase

We are happy to be planning a technical showcase again this year at Embedded Linux Conference. This Wiki page will guide you in giving your demonstration. For conference details, please follow this link to the conference website:

Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase Embedded Linux Conference 2006 Technical Showcase ELCE 2015 Technical Showcase


The demo session will be on Wednesday, February 22, starting at 5:10 pm and going until 7:00 pm.

The demo area will be available starting at 4:20 pm for demo setup.


"Seeing is believing!" Unlike in Desktop or Server applications of Linux, in embedded systems Linux technology is usually unseen. Although it is a challenge, we want to expose Linux software and techniques so that other developers who are interested in this technology can learn, and become potential contributors themselves. We hope that through opening up technical details and projects (in the way of Open Source development), these demonstrations will provide insights that are helpful to developers.


  • No purely commercial demonstrations.
  • The Embedded Linux Conference should not be used for a pure sales pitch.
  • You can show off a product, if there are features or aspects of the product you are displaying that are open source.
  • Demonstrations should be of software that is available under an open source license.


Frank Rowand - Sony

  • e-Mail : frowand (dot) list (a) gmail (dot) com
  • Please replace (a) to "@" and (dot) to "."

What will be prepared by the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation will provide the following FREE OF CHARGE :

  • A Demonstration desk, which is either half of a table or a full table
    If you need special arrangements, please contact the coordinator.

Desk sample from ELC 2006

  • Power supply: US standard, possibly shared with other demo on table - assume no more than 2 plugs available, which you may split further if needed.
  • Assume the power is less than 750W. If your demonstration will exceed that, please consult the coordinator.
  • A large-format printed poster, based on the file you submit.
  • Please note that a dedicated (wired) Internet connection will NOT be prepared. However, wireless Internet may be available via the hotel wireless network. We cannot, however, guarantee Internet access.
  • Logistics support
  • Details will be given to the demonstrators

Dimension of the desk

  • Please refer to the attached photo.


All demonstrators are requested to prepare a poster to explain the technical outline of the demonstration. You can download the template from this page. The Linux Foundation will print them out on large size paper (18 x 24" format). The document should be sent edited, removing the sample page, and sent IN PDF FORMAT to the coordinator by Tuesday February 7th.

Caution: Do not change the paper size. It is intentionally set to a big size.

To help you know what kind of posters we usually get, see ELCE 2012 showcase posters.

Note that by submitting a poster, you authorize the coordinator and the Linux Foundation to publish a PDF version on eLinux.org.

Some tips

The demo consists of a poster (printed by the Linux Foundation), with a few sentences talking about your project, tool, technology or distribution and a table top where you can place anything from:

  1. nothing at all, just have a person sitting there to talk to people about what's on the poster, or ...
  2. something on a laptop - like a program running or a even a static chart showing some result
  3. something running on a board or a device
  4. something on an actual CE product

You can also put some flyers there for people to grab, if you'd like.

If you can put charts and graphs on the poster, that's nice but it is NOT required. Neither the poster nor the hardware (if any) needs to be elaborate or require lots of setup. One year I showed up with a camcorder and just talked to people about it's bootup time (which I had worked on).

If you are a presenter, the demo session is a good chance to talk to people one-on-one about your session topic. This gives you more time for interactive Q&A, and a chance to show something hands-on, if that applies to your subject.

How to apply

  1. Send an e-mail to the coordinator with the following information:
    1. a) The contact person, b) the company name, c) a project name or title for your demo, and d) a brief outline of the demonstration.
    2. The coordinator will acknowledge your application by e-mail.
    3. Please send your application for the demo session no later than Friday February 3rd.
  2. Prepare the poster and send the data to the demonstration coordinator by Tuesday February 7th. It will be printed out by the conference organizers on big size paper.
    1. Prepare the demonstration equipment
    2. You can bring the equipment yourself, or ship it.
    3. If you do not have a consignee which will be convenient for you, send them to the following address: Address not available yet
      1. (ask Frank for the address if you are shipping something separately.)


  • Q: Is this opportunity limited to CE Workgroup or Linux Foundation members?
  • A: No. You do not have to be a forum member to have a demo at the conference. However, each demo should be associated with a paid conference attendee.
  • Q: Is the demonstrator required to make a presentation at the conference?
  • A: No, this is not required. However, we believe there will be many people who will to be interested in details of the technology, so we hope that you can have a session. Please note that the due date for a session proposal is earlier than the due date for demo sign-up.
  • Q: Should I assign some dedicated staff to carry on the demonstration?
  • A: No, this is not necessary. There will be a dedicated time slot for the demos that will be separate from the other technical sessions. So there should be no conflict between the demo session and the other technical sessions.
  • Q: Is there any fee to demo something in this session?
  • A: No, the demo session is completely free.
  • Q: Can a non-attendee help present the demo?
  • A: If you have someone coming who will ONLY run or assist with your demo, and not attend any sessions, then that person may be admitted for free, for just the demo session (and setup and take down). However, each demo should be associated with at least one registered attendee.